…And We’re Not Spending Billions to Defend Ourselves?

Yesterday the Huffington Post published a map prepared by Javier de la Torre from CartoDB that illustrated every single known meteorite impact on the Earth since the year 2300 BC (4,313 years of meteorite impacts). Here’s that map: Look closely.  There is not one single inch of the land surface of our planet that hasn’t […]

More From the In Box

From Randy Dotinga via Facebook: Hello fellow sci-fi fans! If you’re a current or aspiring sci-fi writer, listen up. The annual writers conference of the ASJA, North America’s leading association of freelance writers and non-fiction authors, is debuting something new this year: a special three-session track about how to succeed as a fiction author. The […]

Mouldy Old History

For a number of years I wrote The Crotchety Old Fan blog.  One of my favorite posts to write was finding new and interesting ways to bring the older works to the attention of new fans.  I’m a strong believer in the value of history.  It has often been said that science fiction is a […]

From the In Box

Haffner Press (they of the excellent tomes and complete collections) sent along their monthly update, in which we are informed – Just over a month in release, THE COMPLETE JOHN THUNSTONE by Manly Wade Wellman has gotten some great notices: •  Paul Di Filippo’s review for Locus Online •  Comments on Black Gate Magazine’s website […]

Cory Doctorow Reading & Signing at Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord NH

Amazing Stories in the person of publisher Steve Davidson will be attending this Sunday’s appearance of Cory Doctorow at Concord New Hampshire’s independent bookstore – Gibsons.  Permission was obtained to videotape the event.  An edited version of the taping will be published on the Amazing Stories website shortly after the presentation. Doctorow, famed proponent of […]

From the IN Box

 Jim Freund’s Facebook page offered the following: The New York Review of Science Fiction presents: Ken Liu Robin Wasserman Guest Hosts: Douglas Cohen & John Joseph Adams Wednesday, March 6th — Doors open 6:30 PM (note special day) $7 suggested donation The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art (address and links below) If March comes in […]

Amazing News Tuesday, February 19, 2013*

*If you’re curious as to why each post from Amazing News carries the date (after all it is easy enough to see when a post is published without it being in the title), it is for a very selfish reason:  I hate it when time-travelers have to run around looking for a newspaper or accost […]

Amazing News Monday, February 18, 2013

Amazing Stories’ Top half-dozen posts from the previous week: Why Science Fiction Poetry is Embarrassingly Bad Don’t Quit Your Day Job – Traditional Publishing by the Numbers Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and The Evil They Can Cause. Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Editors and Their Roles A Broader View of Science-Fiction Poetry […]

Amazing News Friday, February 15, 2013

Asteroid Fly-by Futuredaze Anthology on Whatever Doctor on the Enterprise Excerpt OSC, Superman and the Boycott Canadian Zombies Amazing’s First Ad Partner Cory Doctorow Signing in NH – Amazing to Videotape Site Update Note Later on today asteroid 2012 da14 will pass within 17,000 miles of YOU, me and everyone else on the planet, the […]

Interview: John DeNardo of SF Signal

SF Signal is a phenomenon.  This past year at the Chicon 7 Worldcon, the website was nominated in two categories – Best Fanzine and Best Fancast – and walked home with the honors in the Fanzine category, the first website to do so, and in its very first year of eligibility.  1,922 Hugo ballots were […]

T*Zers: David Gerrold’s – Doctor on the Enterprise

Earlier this week we warned you that today Amazing Stories would be teasing the heck out of you and everyone else in the science fiction world.  That is at the very least, those fans of the science fiction world that put Star Trek, Dr. Who, Star Wars and a few other unmentionable (at this time) […]

Amazing News Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Today we look at some news from the future: This Fannish Friday is going to be a big day on Amazing Stories as Leah Zeldes continues to reveal the mysteries of Fandom in The Clubhouse, Mike Brotherton tells us about the science in our science fiction, GW Thomas takes on Conan, MD Jackson tackles the […]

Amazing News, Tuesday February 12, 2013

Via Gary Farber’s Facebook Page, (Frederic Werther Juked His Stats) we learn that the book that was used to indict comic books as a scourge of society, a purveyor of sex and a promoter of crime, homosexuality and juvenile deliquency – Seduction of the Innocent by Frederic Wertham – was itself a scam.  Carol Tilley […]

Amazing News Monday, February 11, 2013

UPDATE: Via Facebook:  Boskone has just posted this year’s schedule and it looks to be – HOLY COW!  What a set of panels!  You can see the scheduled events on Boskone 50’s Facebook page. ~~~ File 770 reminds us that nominations for the FAAn Awards are now open. Any interested party may cast up to […]

Amazing News

Amazing Stories is pleased to announce that another one of our Blog Team members has an upcoming book release and is sharing this book cover preview with us: RUN LIKE HELL is now available in Paperback! The first book in The Cassidy Chronicles, Run Like Hell introduces you to Aiyana Cassidy and Kendra Foster-Briggs, old […]

From the IN Box

Wednseday, February 6, 2013 Ford Street Publishing out of Norstrilia sends along these notes and new releases: Creative Net Speakers’ Agency (www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet) has several authors visiting interstate this year. Here’s your chance to have someone “different” without the cost of airfares/accommodation. As an aside, feel free to ask us if any of our other presenters […]

Amazing News Update

We were just informed by Johne Cook that Blastr has a very interesting piece regarding the origins of the new Disney flick Tommorowland. No one is telling what the film is about, but is was apparently inspired by a 1952 archive box at Disney Studios and the examination of the contents thereof. Including a copy […]

Amazing News Tuesday, Feb. 5th 2013

From one of our esteemed writing staff here at Amazing Central comes the happy news of another, a NEW, novel published!  Take it away Grand Mal Publishing: Novel Breaks Barrier Between Fantasy and History San Diego, CA. Feb 1, 2013.  Grand Mal Press breaks the barrier between fantasy and historical fiction with the publication of […]

From the IN Box

FROM THE IN BOX Author Launches Ambitious SF Series S.F. author Stokely Gittens has launched a S.F. series based around the character, Peter Paul, a human-cheetah hybrid. The gripping SF-action novel opens with the lead character being rousted out of bed by his parents with a hurried discussion of the family being chased by unknown […]

All I Want For X-Mass/Hanukah is –

Two front teeth?  What strange, horrible and twisted things happened to that kid that all she wanted was body parts? Me?  All I wanted was every darned space, army and  action toy they could cram into the Sears Christmas Catalog. Sad to say, while I was the recipient of a fair number of space and […]

Amazing News Wednesday, January 30th

WSFA Small Press Award Committee is accepting nominations for its 2013 Award for stories published in 2012.  The submission period will close on April 5. The Washington Science Fiction Association [www.wsfa.org] has established a literary award to honor the work done by small presses in promoting and preserving science fiction. The award, now in its […]

Amazing News Monday, January 28

UPDATE: Tomorrow, one of our blog team -Lesley Smith, has a very interesting piece. Lesley is a blind geek who has been reviewing television for us. Tomorrow she’ll clue us all in on how she manages all of that, not to mention playing games, going to the theater and reading her favorite books. It is […]

Amazing News January 25

Boskone 50 is fast approaching.  That is, the 50th Boskone.  Half a century of science fiction fannish goodness, all in one place for a weekend. I will be in attendance as will a few other contributors to Amazing Stories (I wasn’t able to get down to Maryland for the BSFS 50th Birthday Party, so must […]

Steve Stiles A Retrospective

Steve Stiles is a living double entendre:  not only does he draw icons of the field, he is an icon of the field. If brushing twilltone off your lap after reading is a familiar experience, Mr. Stiles will need no introduction.  You have no doubt marvelled at his art.  You’ve also probably laughed your posterior […]

Amazing News Addendum, January 24th

Tomorrow will be the very FIRST (and totally unplanned) FANNISH FRIDAY here at Amazing Stories! We’re going to try to put an emphasis on all things fannish every Friday.  This week we kick off with Leah Zeldes’ Clubhouse and a lesson in vocabulary. MD Jackson talks us through the Aliens amongst us (Fans often feel […]

Amazing News January 24

Frank Wu and his wife Brianna ‘Spacekat’ Wu have designed a game called REVOLUTION 60.  It looks quite awesome!  The back-story sees the resurrection of a cold war environment, though this time with China, a return to space, Secrets-in-Space and the adventures of a crew of female operatives from the shady, quasi-governmental agency known as […]

Amazing News January 23, 2012

Dave Truesdale from Tangent Online (a very, very, very long-running review publication) wrote in to let us all know that the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List has been published and can be found here A little closer to home:  Frank Wu’s stunning cover for our first issue can now be seen on the site.  (View). […]

Amazing News for Tuesday, January 22

Today – Matt Mitrovitch looks at Balkanized America in Alternate history, Adam Gaffen interviews Kevin J. Anderson, and J Simpson reviews the audio work Weird Tales for Winter. Tomorrow – Samantha Henry takes a look at the effect of big name casts and genre show success, Jimmy Rogers reviews podcasts from around the geek-o-sphere, and […]